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Partnership for biodiversity and sustainable development

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Partnership with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a global program that since 2000 has provided grants to Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and private sector organizations to help protect the world's biodiversity hotspots, enhanced synergies between the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development (BCSD) project's aims and CEPF projects in the area through consolidation of land stewardship, biodiversity and business, and learning initiatives. It also provided crucial planning support for the Gouritz initiative biodiversity corridor along the Cape's southern coast. The BCSD project has been assessed as having established a solid foundation for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the Cape Floristic region and its adjacent marine environment, as laid out in the Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) strategy. This has been achieved by making effective use of funding to put in place policies and pilot programs that emphasize the value of conservation of locally and globally important biodiversity and the important linkages between healthy ecosystems and socio-economic development. The BCSD project was successful in its bid to expand the area of terrestrial habitats of high biodiversity conservation value under sustainable management through expansion of traditional protected areas, establishment of three mega-reserves, and the creation of connecting biological corridors.

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